Senegal hospitals overwhelmed by Covid patients

Senegal’s health ministry has warned that hospitals in the capital Dakar are overwhelmed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Infections have soared over the past month from a few dozens a day to about one thousand, and seven hundred cases daily.

A senior public health official said medical staff in the city are exhausted due to pressure adding that almost 99 per cent of hospital beds are also occupied.

Laboratories have also been struggling to cope with a rise in demand for tests.

Reports say President Macky Sall may be forced to impose tighter restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. A curfew and limits on gatherings were lifted after riots broke out in March.

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